Friday, March 10, 2017

In Search of Chicago’s First Women Doctors

The International Museum of Surgical Science's blog has published a piece about my current research as Artist-in-Residence. Read more here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring Artist-in-Residence at the International Museum of Surgical Science

I'm thrilled to have recently begun my six-month artistic residency at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. As part of the residency, I am working on a multi-disciplinary project involving dance (choreographed by Edson Cabrera) and music (scored by Joseph Clayton Mills) as well as poetry and artist books exploring the lives of early Chicago women in medicine.

Tentatively, an artist talk is scheduled for May 5th and the culminating performance and exhibition will kick-off on August 4th. Check back for more details!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Order Your Copy of Grapple, the Chapbook Companion

Come back to the space
where we were so close

Tell us again how you know

how you submerged us
how we re-wrote the movement of sidewalk and street
how it bent up to meet us
how our cries made a body an earthquake
What was that chain reaction?

Notes on the Composition
“Grapple” was written as a multidisciplinary poetry-dance work in collaboration with the Coincidentals, Chicago choreographers and dancers Jamie Corliss and Lydia Feuerhelm. Initially the dancers drew inspiration from a photo by Shayna Stacy of an arrest of a young African American man during a protest as part of Moral Mondays Illinois in Chicago in November of 2015. The text then incorporated ideas from the image alongside source material and videos provided by the dancers. Together, we adapted the structure of the poem to inform the building of the dance, so that the two work with and against each other. Using spoken text and movement, the resulting piece evokes the complex physicality of the act of protest where intimacy and aggression overlap. Street protest occupies a unique space in contemporary society, where strangers are fueled by a shared urgency, where limpness and release take the form of strength, where people defy norms by being so close. Rather than address the politics of protest, the piece in performance addresses the energy and feeling of these movements in a corporeal sense. It examines how physicality in protest exists in seemingly contradictory ways: bodily weakness can be an act of strength and physical closeness can unify or it can assert power hierarchies.  
“Grapple” was first performed in Chicago as part of the Mess Hall series in August 2016.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
October 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

 Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago, where she is a book publicist for the University of Chicago Press and the poetry editor for Black Ocean. She is the author of Operating Theater (Noctuary Press 2015), Forty-One Jane Doe’s (book and companion DVD, Ahsahta 2013) and Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009) as well as the chapbooks An Overture in the Key of F (above/ground press 2013) and A Useless Window (Black Ocean 2006).
This is her second chapbook with above/ground press, after An Overture in the Key of F (2013).

Carrie Olivia Adams

  To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Interview with Michigan Quarterly

Poet Ryo Yamaguchi was generous enough to interview me for Michigan Quarterly and capture some video of me reading from my University of Chicago Press office.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Upcoming Chicago Readings

Operating Theater will be available August 1st from Noctuary Press, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. You can catch previews of the new work at the following upcoming Chicago readings:

Thursday, June 4th @ 7:30 PM

Living Room Realty

1530 W Superior St

Chicago, IL 60642

As part of the book launch for Ryo Yamaguchi’s amazing first book The Refusal of Suitors.

Saturday, July 25th @ 5:30 PM

City Lit Books

2523 N Kedzie Blvd

Chicago, IL 60647

Along with good friends James Shea, Nate Hoks, and Julia Cohen

Hope to see some new and friendly faces!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review of The Huntress

The Watchful Ear has posted a truly thoughtful review of my poetry and music collaboration, The Huntress, with Joseph Clayton Mills and Deanna Varagona. "Fantastic, unusual work." "The music is stunning." "I rarely read poetry, but found each these little vignettes a real gem."

Saturday, December 20, 2014